Why Take the SAT?

Stand Out on College Applications

Use Your Scores to Your Advantage

Taking the SAT is strong evidence that you're ready for college and have what colleges are looking for. Plus, you can choose to only send your best scores to colleges.

The PSAT/NMSQT Prepared You for This

If you took the PSAT/NMSQT you're already familiar with—and prepared for—the SAT. Historically, students who took the PSAT/NMSQT score higher on the SAT, on average, than those who didn't.

Considering Taking the ACT Instead?

Colleges actually don't have a preference for which one you should take. As a matter of fact, the SAT may be your best test to take.

Not sure if there's a test center near you? There probably is!

Take the SAT for Free

If you're eligible for a fee waiver, you can take the SAT for free. Plus, you can send your scores to as many colleges as you'd like.

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The SAT Tests What You've Learned in School

There are no "SAT words." Just the kind of words in context you'll use in college and long after test day.

Plus, you'll only need to know the math that matters—concepts that are closely connected to college and career success.

Endorsed, Free Official SAT Practice

The best way to practice for the SAT is free and personalized to you.